As we move closer towards the future, the importance of protecting ourselves from malicious cyberattacks grows more and more every day. With technology rapidly changing, it’s hard to predict what the cyber landscape of 2023 will look like. We’ll take a look at some of the cybersecurity predictions for the year 2023 and what measures you should take to protect yourself.
1. AI-enabled cybersecurity defenses will prevent billions of attacks. As AI, automation, and other tech innovations improve security and productivity, they will also reduce the number of security events per day at most organizations. This may sound like a good thing, but it will create a challenge for cybersecurity professionals who need to find ways to detect attacks when attack volumes are projected to reach billions per year in 2023.
2. SOAR will make it easy to secure technology. As cybersecurity professionals struggle to keep up with the volume and velocity of attacks, they will increasingly turn to Security Orchestration and Automated Response (SOAR) solutions for help. There is no way human cybersecurity professionals will be able to manage this volume of attacks manually. Instead, they will increasingly turn to automated security solutions, such as SOAR, that can effectively detect threats and protect assets without adding to the workload.
3. Blockchain security will make headlines. As cybersecurity professionals push for security throughout the software development lifecycle, and especially as they shift to software that is built, patched, and updated in a secure manner, they will also push for better security across the entire technology ecosystem. One of the biggest challenges across all organizations, from retail and hospitality to banking and healthcare, is protecting the network. Blockchain security could solve this problem because it is easier to secure, update, and validate authentication across blockchain devices than it is across traditional networking and storage devices.
4. The Internet of Things (IoT) security will continue to improve — but slowly. IoT is a major cybersecurity headache because devices are often built with little to no security. When those devices are connected to the network, they become attack vectors for any attacker who wants access to the devices, their data, or the network. There are several ways that the IoT can improve security, including password protection of devices, updating firmware, and identity discovery to identify and remove malicious devices. Blockchain can help with all of these, as it provides a secure, verifiable mechanism for communicating between devices, identifying valid devices, and configuring them to communicate securely.
5. More industries will require security professionals. Companies, organizations, and even governments will need to hire more cybersecurity professionals in the next year as attacks continue to make headlines and result in high-profile data breaches. Although there will be a significant need for more employees to protect against future attacks, there will still be a shortage of cybersecurity workers. This will cause employers to have to be more flexible with salaries and benefits to attract and retain talent.
6. Cybersecurity becoming a legislative priority. Cybersecurity legislation will become more of a priority in 2023, as major countries and U.S. states realize how much power cybercriminals have and how hard it is to fight them. Legislation will start to reflect the importance of cybersecurity as a public safety issue. Public-private partnerships will help make laws more practical and effective. For example, laws may require certain private organizations to security test and publish vulnerability disclosures, or require regulators to develop and maintain capability to conduct cybersecurity inspections.
7. More sophisticated cyber-espionage attacks. As attackers learn from the exploits of the past year, sophisticated espionage attacks are on the way. These attacks will use a combination of known exploits and stealthier methods to gain access to networks and steal data undetected. Enterprises should prepare to defend against these sophisticated attacks by ensuring their cybersecurity tools and strategies can keep up with the attackers. This includes keeping systems, applications, and networks up to date with security patches and configuring them to communicate securely using strong encryption, as well as monitoring activity on the network.
Hackers are becoming more sophisticated in their approaches, prompting organizations to invest in more robust cybersecurity measures. We can anticipate that 2023 will bring with it new and creative cyber threats, so it is essential to remain aware of the latest security trends and threats.